Screen Gems and Constantin Film announced today that production has kicked off in Toronto on "Resident Evil: Afterlife", the next and fourth installment in the successful film franchise.
Actress Milla Jovovich returns as the zombie-fighting heroine Alice. Ali Larter reprises her role as Claire Redfield from Resident Evil: Extinction. Spencer Locke, who played K-Mart in "Extinction," is also set to return.
New to the film franchise is leading man Wentworth Miller, who has signed on as Chris Redfield – Claire's brother and a popular character from the game series. Shawn Roberts will take over the role of Alice's nemesis Wesker. Boris Kodjoe and Kim Coates have also been cast.
Filmmaker Paul W. S. Anderson is back as writer, director and producer. Anderson wrote, produced and directed the first Resident Evil (2002) and wrote and produced the sequels, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and "Extinction" (2007).
Producing alongside Anderson are the same creative minds from the three previous films: Anderson's longterm producing partner Jeremy Bolt, Constantin Film's Bernd Eichinger (writer and producer of the Oscar®-nominated films The Baader Meinhof Complex and Downfall) and Robert Kulzer, and Samuel Hadida. Rounding out the "Afterlife" producing team is Don Carmody, also a producer on "Apocalypse." Martin Moszkowicz and Victor Hadida are again executive producing.
"Afterlife" is expected to hit U.S. theatres in fall 2010 and throughout the rest of the word in the following months.